The project delivers economic, social and environmental benefits:
Keeping goods in use for longer is a critical part of delivering a circular economy. It reduces pressures on raw materials and has the potential to create new jobs and training opportunities.
The project offers employability opportunities, improving the prospects of young people. Training initiatives already created are complemented by work placements available at the Re-use Hub. Local charities are providing learning opportunities and skills development to their volunteers, and in some cases helping to re-socialise and integrate them back into the community.
The project also provides affordable furniture, appliances and other household good, supporting individuals and families at a time of most need to access furniture they otherwise could not afford and providing furniture in emergency situations.
Reduction in demand on finite natural resources and the associated environmental impacts of the extraction, harvesting and processing of those resources, are key outcomes, along with minimising greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste collection, transportation and treatment.